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DOING Professional Learning: Part 3

It was my third ISTE, and it was also my third time presenting at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. But this time was different… Owning the Experience I can’t tell you how excited I was to share one of my biggest passion projects ever! I started #hashtag180 Read more…


#GridCulum

We’ve had the tools, technology, and the power… And now? We also have the space and strategy to share! Welcome to #GridCulum! This is where Flipgrid breaks down barriers, educators share ideas, and together, we make learning and teaching better for all. Why #GridCulum? Educators are each other’s best resources. Read more…


Makerspace: Standards AND Fun

How do we facilitate experiences that are meaning, memorable, relevant, fun, and student-centered, while still learning standards? I think this is one of the true challenges in education today. Words have a way of informing. They can also evolve, evoke, and overwhelm. Words wormhole their way throughout the world of Read more…


4 Reasons to Morning Meeting

Let’s talk! Getting to know each other can help us learn together. This year, our staff has conducted Morning Meetings every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For the first fifteen minutes of the day, students circle up, engaging in teacher-prompted greetings and shares. The Greeting Greetings may involve practicing a firm Read more…


STEM: Standards AND Fluff

Learning can be standards-based OR fun. But not both. Unfortunately, that’s the perception held by many facilitating learning experiences in the world of education today. I was reminded of this classic paradox when conversing with fellow educators in a STEM session at #edcamporangeNC on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Educator ONE: Read more…


#Hashtag180 Central

Welcome to #Hashtag180 Central! Find #Hashtag180 Resources Here! Check back often–We’re always learning and growing! #Hashtag180’s History: In August, 2013, I joined twitter just to have a digital space to store hashtagged resources to make my teaching better. Today, this Dewey Hashtag System is a growing movement in education. #Hashtag180’s Read more…


Doing Professional Learning: Part 2

What’s your favorite way to learn? My learning experiences have to be meaningful, memorable, and somewhat personalized, while helping me become better for kids. At conferences and unconferences alike, I look for ways to become better in addressing the Whole Child at 30,000 feet, before landing on one specific path at Read more…


Do Relationships Equal Learning?

Do Relationships Equal Learning? If you’re a young educator or new to twitter, you may be led to believe that relationships with students and colleagues are easily forged and directly translate into meaningful learning experiences and higher test scores. To the average onlooker or twitter chat participant, it may appear Read more…


The #ncties That Bind

It’s about celebrating moments with people. I love the conference experience, because I love people and their stories. When learners of all ages meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and continue seeking ways to make teaching and learning better for all–That’s powerful! To me, conferences are not Read more…


1 Tweet 10 Likes

For the last year, my friend and sixth grade science teacher Bill Ferriter has been creating videos that reflect the content being taught and learned in his #SalemProud learning spaces. These curriculum-hashtagged, video tweets have been populating on Bill’s Standards Based Portfolio on blogger as he posts them on twitter. Read more…


Twitter: The Student Portfolio

A librarian once told me that a school’s media center should be the hub of learning in its community. When I enter a school’s media center today, I see media everywhere, organized by the Dewey Decimal System, or usually a generalized, digital descendant thereof. I see easily-searchable resources and wide-open spaces Read more…


What Twitter Says About You

Wanna have some fun? You should see What Twitter Says About YOU. Even if you don’t have your own twitter account, your name could still be flying throughout the #twitterverse. What’s tweeted about you in 140, or 280 characters, may be revealing, to say the least. Already, I can guess Read more…


North Carolina Curriculum Hashtags

Special Note: North Carolina Curriculum Hashtags also available in Google Doc and PDF. Blogger’s Note: #Hashtag180 is a living, breathing work in progress. Check back  often! We want your feedback! We’re all in this together to share learning and teaching resources to become better for our learners. WHY: 10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Curriculum Read more…


10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Curriculum Objectives

Do you want to become better for your students? Let’s build an archive together! What if every educator used the same hashtags to share their learning and teaching resources with each other efficiently? Let’s facilitate even more meaningful experiences for our learners by exchanging specifically-hashtagged ideas on a FREE platform! Blogger’s Read more…


Hashtagging ISTE Student Standards

I LOVE the 2016 ISTE Student Standards! The world is changing quickly and constantly, and ISTE is several keystrokes ahead with its bold, future-ready vision: “Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.” Feels like ISTE’s standards are alive and breathing, adapting and evolving with Read more…


Twitter’s Best-Kept Secret?

Okay, I’m probably not the first to know. But everyone I’ve ever asked–They didn’t know! They didn’t know twitter’s best-kept secret. And from someone who originally joined twitter just to archive fifth grade science resources, this was a really big deal! I LOVE using twitter as an archive. In fact, Read more…


Hashtag With Purpose!

WHY #Hashtag180: To archive, share, and tell your school’s learning journey through curriculum standards and objectives hashtags. We can all learn more when we share resources. But are we really doing this? And if so, are we sharing efficiently and effectively? I’d argue that–with today’s advanced technologies at our fingertips–there’s Read more…


#Hashtag180: Look Out for Learning!

Blogger’s Note: I created #Hashtag180 for educators to share resources, specifically, by hashtagging curriculum standards and objectives. What if educators tweeted examples of curriculum, and then hashtagged their tweets with curriculum objectives? Let’s connect as a global community to make experiences better for our learners! The beauty of #Hashtag180 is Read more…


#Hashtag180: How To Hashtag North Carolina Science Essential Standards

Blogger’s Note: Officially beginning April, 2017, I’m excited to launch a movement that will connect educators and resources worldwide to improve student learning. #Hashtag180 is created BY educators FOR educators. Let’s make student learning experiences better! WHY: 10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Your Curriclum WHY: Here’s Why You Should Hashtag Your Read more…


Join The #Hashtag180 Challenge!

WHY: To Improve Student Learning Experiences. #Hashtag180 began as one fifth grade science teacher’s journey to enhance and supplement curriculum. It grew into: Hashtag A Community Around Your Curriculum. HOW: See: How To Hashtag North Carolina Science Essential Standards and North Carolina Curriculum Hashtags.Tweet one experience on each of the 180 school days of the year, Read more…


From Dewey Decimals To Hamstra Hashtags: 4 Steps to Sharing Learning Resources Efficiently

From cataloging with the Dewey Decimal System in 1876 to exploring wide open topics on digital search engines today… Oh, how the times have changed–Or have they? While some educators argue how the Dewey Decimal System was too linear and inflexible with changing times and genres, others race to throw Read more…


Hashtag A Community Around Your Curriculum

Twitter is powerful. Tweets can evoke responses, start movements, and create communities. Who can forget when George Couros rocked the Twitterverse with this teacher invitation? I share this same passion for Twitter in education, however, my journey was unique… I love science. I love creating opportunities for students to love Read more…